Am höchsten bewertete kritische Rezension
An awkward little book I almost didn't finish
am 14. Oktober 1999
I almost didn't finish this book and kept hoping that what story there was would be rescued. I like mysteries and I like science fiction but this book fell down in the end for three reasons. One is that the detective is boring -- he's prone to being suddenly smart after being really stupid. The second problem is that the science is really, really, iffy -- more like something out of a bad conspiracy theory than convincing science. The last, really bad problem is that the author continually violates the "show don't tell" prinicpal of writing, which means the story is often carried forward by heavy blocks of explanation instead of by action. All detectives require some witticisms or habitual sayings and Levinson falls down there, too, making his "hero" prone to TV-style one-liners that don't work in print, especially with his bland and blocky scene-setting. In fact the scene-setting is so blocky it almost feels like this is a series of somewhat related short vignettes rather than a novel, something some editing might have fixed. I finished it hoping to find a saving grace but this book costs too much to buy just because there's one OK giimmick in it.